A MAN was rushed to hospital on Sunday afternoon after being found injured in Saltcoats.

And an Air Ambulance was scrambled to the scene leaving a mother running for safety and diners at a nearby restaurant wondering what was going on.

The 31-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: “We had just got to the park when we saw the helicopter flying really low overhead.

“I stopped with the pram so my son could see the helicopter - then I realised it was starting to come down.

“I had no idea where it was going to go, I didn’t think there was enough room for it to land.

“I had no idea what to do or where to go, there was another woman in the park with her daughter and they stepped back - they were getting blown back by the helicopter.”

Staff and diners from the nearby Oscar’s restaurant rushed outside to see what the commotion was.

Police confirmed that a man was taken to hospital and Chief Inspector Brian Shaw said: “Around 4.20pm on Sunday, February 25, police received a report that a man had selfharmed within Sidney Street in the town.

“Police attended to assist ambulance service personnel and the man was conveyed to Crosshouse Hospital.”